Daily Images | Hawk Moth

Daily Images – Hawk Motha are also known as sphinx moths and hornworms. They are moderate to large in size and are distinguished among moths for their rapid, sustained flying ability. The narrow wings and streamlined abdomen are adaptations for rapid flight. Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. This hovering capability has evolved only four times in nectar feeders: in hummingbirds, certain bats, hoverflies, and these hawk moths, an example of convergent evolution. Hawk moths have been much studied for their flying ability, especially their ability to move rapidly from side to side while hovering, called ‘swing-hovering’ or ‘side-slipping.’ It is thought that this evolved to deal with ambush predators that lie in wait in flowers.

Daily Images | Hawk Moth

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